Two people assaulted in separate incidents while delivering pizza

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By Chris Sardelli

A pizza delivery man was attacked and robbed as he made a delivery on New Year’s Day.
Lancaster police officers spoke with a Domino’s Pizza delivery man outside a Ruth Street house Saturday who had been hit repeatedly in the face. The man had a large cut on the lower part of his jaw and was bleeding profusely, a department incident report said.
The man told officers he parked his car in front of a house and was about to deliver the pizzas when he was approached by a man walking across the street. He said the man, who had a sweatshirt pulled down low over his face and was covering the lower part of his face with his hand, asked for the pizzas.
As they were talking, the delivery man said another man ran up behind him and forced him to place his hands on the roof of his car. He told officers the second man pulled out a handgun and hit him on the head, causing him to fall on the ground.
The second man asked for the delivery man’s money, but as he was reaching for his back pocket, the man kicked him twice in the face, the report said.
The two men then stole about $20 and the two pizzas, worth about $35, before running toward Isom Street, the report said.
The delivery man described the first assailant as a young black man, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. He said the second assailant was also a young black man, wearing a bandanna over his face.
Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services treated the delivery man at the scene, though he later went to Springs Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
Officers checked the address where the pizzas were supposed to be delivered, and it turned out to be a vacant building, the report said.
Another assault
Another pizza delivery person reported an assault about four days earlier.
On Dec. 28, a Papa Johns pizza delivery woman told officers she was assaulted after she stopped to deliver pizzas, according to an incident report.
The woman said the incident happened soon after she arrived at a house on Meadow Drive. She told officers she was about to deliver two pizzas to the house when a man pulled up in a car behind her. The man identified himself as the one who ordered the pizzas, and she handed the pizzas to the man’s friend, who was with him, the report said.
As the first man was signing his receipt, the delivery woman said he grabbed her and began kissing her on the face and neck.
She pushed him off and told him to stop, but he picked her up, placed her on her car and continued to kiss and hug her, the report said. After threatening to call police, she said the man stopped long enough for her to get in her car and drive away.
Capt. Harlean Howard said no arrests have been made in the case.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416